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Label: RCA Red Seal ‎– RCL-8369 (& We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records) Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo Country: Japan Released: 1983 (2017 reissue).

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Through the Looking Glass.

The Japanese musician broke up the minimalist boys’ clubs with her cult album Through the Looking Glass. Ahead of its reissue, she recalls trying to make ‘impossible’ music and playing songs on a Coca-Cola bottle.

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That is why I named this album Through The Looking Glass. The reflection on the mirror seems to show something, but I did not want to indulge in that. I wanted rather to force discernment of my true self that was beyond the reflection. That Accelerando is thhe most aggressive progression on the album. As the tempo gradually increases, the piano and reed organ slowly build a wall of sound. The acceleration directs the listener's attention inward, towards the music itself, as opposed to its performance.

Through The Looking Glass is from a Japanese lady percussionist Midori Takada. the 2017 CD reissue of the long OOP Through the Looking Glass by Midori Takada is a stunning mix of experimental music that mixes sounds from world music, ambient and Philip Glass like repetitiveness into a one of a kind delight. Rarely anymore(happened for me much more in the 90s) do I hear something that is not very similar to many other bands or clearly a knockoff of best seller type artist.

Friday, March 2, 2018. Midori Takada - 1983 - Through The Looking Glass. Midori Takada 1983 Through The Looking Glass. There’s something about Takada and the joy of creating this album that fully emerges in this last quarter-hour, as she builds energy up with her drums, her harmonium and that ever-present cowbell. In the liner notes to this reissue, Takada explained just what she learned in her studies of African and Asian music that led her to abandoned Western classical music as a pursuit way back when.

Midori Takada’s debut Through The Looking Glass is an album that shrugs off description, flitting on dream logic like a hummingbird through a garden. I’m still not sure I can capture what makes this album special, but I’m happy to try and convince everyone to listen. The quickest way to state the appeal for myself is this: the album sits at the perfect crossroads between my love of modern classical music and Japanese surrealism. There’s a lot more to it, though. Midori Takada debuted in 1974 with the Berlin Philharmonic after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, growing her career through solo concerts both in Japan and abroad. She eventually released two solo albums; long after Through The Looking Glass came Tree Of Life, in 1999. The massive gap was filled with constant work both as a solo artist and as a composer and performer in live theater.

January 11, 2017 In News. Holy grail from Japan. Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada’s 1983 album Through The Looking Glass, one of the era’s most sought-after Japanese and ambient records, will be reissued on vinyl for the first time in March. Read next: 10 essential Japanese records. The album will also be released on CD for the first time


A1 Mr. Henri Rousseau's Dream
A2 Crossing
B1 Trompe-l’œil
B2 Catastrophe Σ

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – RVC Corporation
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – RVC Corporation
  • Recorded At – Victor Aoyama Studio
  • Mixed At – RVC Studio


  • Composed By, Performer, Producer – Midori Takada
  • Cowbell, Marimba, Harmonium [Reed Organ] – Midori Takada (tracks: A2)
  • Design [Cover Design] – Mikio Kawasaki
  • Directed By – Masahiko Arao
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Akio Tanabe
  • Engineer [Mastering Engineer, JVC] – Kazuie Sugimoto
  • Engineer, Mixed By – Masaki Ohno
  • Executive-Producer – Masamitsu Kurokawa
  • Illustration – Yohko Ochida*
  • Marimba, Gong, Cowbell, Recorder, Bells [Wood Bell], Ocarina, Tam-tam – Midori Takada (tracks: A1)
  • Other [Cola Bottle], Harmonium [Reed Organ], Bells [Clay Bell] – Midori Takada (tracks: B1)
  • Photography By – Riki Watanabe
  • Tom Tom, Bongos, Cowbell, Cymbal [Cymbale Antique], Vibraphone, Harmonium [Reed Organ], Piano – Midori Takada (tracks: B2)


Solo Works
Recorded January 27-28, February 3, 1983 at AOYAMA STUDIO 302, Tokyo
Mixed at RVC STUDIO, Tokyo

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): RCL-8369-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): RCL-8369-B
  • Other: JRL 1-2139

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
RCL-8369 Midori Takada Through The Looking Glass ‎(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal RCL-8369 Japan 1983
WRWTFWW018 Midori Takada Through The Looking Glass ‎(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, Cry) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW018 Switzerland 2018
WRWTFWW019CD , PFCD006 Midori Takada Through The Looking Glass ‎(CD, Album, RE) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records, Palto Flats WRWTFWW019CD , PFCD006 2017
WRWTFWW019 Midori Takada Through The Looking Glass ‎(LP, Album, Num, RE, TP, Sig) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW019 Switzerland 2017
EGDS-75 Midori Takada Through The Looking Glass = 鏡の向こう側 ‎(CD, Album, RE) CS Record EGDS-75 Japan 2017

"How a Digital Rabbit Hole Gave Midori Takada’s 1983 Album a Second Life"
I recently discovered this, and was instantly blown away. I came from Hiroshi Yoshimura. Its to a heavenly surprise this is being repressed. This is amazing.
Fantastic, timeless release that definitely lives up to the superlative rating that has been bestowed upon it. Deep, dark, moody, subtle, almost "droney" in parts with excellent accompanying percussion. Perfect for a quiet, meditative rainy Sunday morning.
The latest pressing from 12th mai is perfect.....have to be lucky....
Seems like cd is the best option - maybe ill buy I crackly 33rpm if I see if cheap - just to get that cover artwork (which is stunning)Regardless of format - a welcome reissue to be treasured.
original is original! must have
The CD reissue is very dynamic and conservatively mastered, if anyone cares. Glad I didn't go for the vinyl as I would've been frustrated had I received an off center LP or a record with non-fill.
Pre-orders are up now from both the labels releasing this. These labels make plenty so no need to worry.
lets go baby
Thanks for the update, that's been very good news indeed - especially cos I see she'll be doing something in Glasgow where I live!
Reissue 2017 and a tourHer deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language are captured on a series of now highly sought after albums including her masterpiece Through The Looking Glass (1981/RCA) and her collaboration with Masahiko Satoh Lunar Cruise (1990/Epic-Sony), both of which will be reissued on Swiss label WRWTFWW in 2017.To coincide with the reissues, Midori will be touring her solo percussion performances to festivals and concert spaces around Europe.
its not been reissued yet boi ...... .. .. ..
For anyone wondering about the source of this info, here's the link:
this label reissues only limited and vinyl editions. I don't think it is good news
yeah, been waiting all year for the repress. i guess we'd better accept that it may not be happening now..?
Juno records UK apparently have a reissue coming up sometime in the next couple of months I think
Any news on the repress? I can find nothing online, except for the site, who claim to be working on the test pressing.
Juno records UK may be releasing a reissue early this year, next couple of months or so
Incredible release so I'm glad it's getting a much needed repress. Anyone know who drew the artwork? Would love a print of it.
Cannot remember the artists name, however same artist created artwork for dorothy ashby's django LP and also another solo harp album of classical flamenco, I remember i came accross her after 5 mins research
Neto91 Why did you rate it one star? Doesn't make any sense.
It's a piece called 「残されたアリウス」, "Arius who got left behind, by 落田洋子, Yoko Ochida. This piece is also on the cover of one of her books, 「風の祝祭」 or "The Wind Festival". Feel free to look it up. :)
The answer to your question is within this page :)
Hopefully the reissue will be arriving soon! . . .
$900 ? I can maybe understand if someone had M/M or maybe NM/NM listing it at that with a view to negotiating.but, to the dude that has it listed as VG+/VG+...get real idiot, are you waiting for a lottery winner to whom money is no object who in the slim chance is after a Midori Takada LP ? ain't gonna happen sunshine. certainly not before the reissue drops. keep it listed at that price by all means - no one is going to buy it, but hey I'm sure it looks good on your 'wall'. still there, will be next time I check in, and the time after...and after infinitum.
For all who are interested in this record, I contacted someone at "" and they confirmed with me that a repress is indeed underway. They wrote to me:"A legit reissue is definitely on the way.All the best,Rob"Here is the blogpost that mentions a repress:
That's weird, i contacted them few weeks ago and didn't get any answers from them. But if they do a reissue, that's a good thing for all of you ! :)
Jesus H Christ, $900 listed! Vinyl gougers truly doing god's work with this one.
Considering the steady growth of people looking for a copy... (note : the last one sold for a complete bargain)
will buy the reissue. As is, been listening to it on youtube. Someone tell me, does the actual recording end abruptly at 40:46 as well?
To answer my question, yes. Yes it does. Have my RE and enjoying it now.
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